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GRUND AUDIO DESIGN ANNOUNCES NEW GP SERIES LOUDSPEAKERS

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Council Bluffs, IA – NAMM Booth# 6337 (Hall A)… Grund Audio Design, a pioneering manufacturer of loudspeaker and signal processing products for the audio professional, is pleased to introduce the new GP Series loudspeakers. Featuring lightweight injection molded enclosures designed to provide years of trouble-free operation and easy transport, these self-powered general purpose sound reinforcement loudspeakers are ideal for a wide range of applications, including clubs, mobile DJs, performing musicians, corporate AV, houses of worship, and education. more

Cocola Broadcasting Companies Chooses DVEO’s Ad Serter IP/ASI/SDI to Manage Graphics Insertion

San Diego, California — DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc. (CMI), announced that Cocola Broadcasting Companies has chosen the company’s Ad Serter technology to add advertising at one of its stations. Located in Fresno, California, Cocola Broadcasting Companies is a locally owned television broadcast company that operates 30 TV stations in California and Idaho.

Designed for broadcasters, IP content aggregators, and cable companies, the Ad Serter IP/ASI/SDI inserts or overlays scheduled or signal driven video ads, graphics, logos, video clips, writable slates, text, or emergency alerts anywhere on SD or HD live streams, with any degree of transparency. Graphics, logos, and text can be static, blinking, or rotating.

“At Cocola Broadcasting Companies, we are constantly needing graphics on different channels. Before the Ad Serter, re-wiring the graphic inserter on a different channel was a frequent occurrence,” said Gary M. Cocola, Chairman and CEO of Cocola Broadcasting Companies. “Now, thanks to the Ad Serter, we overlay graphics after the encoder on the multiplexed transport stream. No more recabling for different channels. We simply select which channel we want the graphics on and turn it on. It’s that easy. We love the Ad Serter.”

“We are very proud that Cocola Broadcasting Companies selected the Ad Serter,” said Laszlo Zoltan, Vice President of DVEO. “We recommend it to our customers for ‘branding’ content, adding graphics and text to programming, adding RSS or news feeds, and more. We also create customized systems.”

The Ad Serter stores graphics, clips, and messages in local memory, enabling customers to create large local graphical libraries for quick use. Graphical elements such as fancy boxes, borders, background colors, and identifiers can also be used to enhance the video content.

Cocola Broadcasting Companies purchased the Ad Serter with DVB-ASI input and output. The Ad Serter is also available with SDI input and output, IP input and output, or as a 20 channel IP input and output version for Telco TV.

Supplemental Information for Press Release

Features:

  • Inserts or overlays graphical ads, video clips, logos, graphics, CG, scrolling text, and emergency alerts into video feeds on a schedule or via signaling like SCTE-35

  • Works with most fonts: Chinese, Arabic, Indian, etc. via Unicode interface
  • SD — Optional SD plus HD version available
  • Generates playlists for time-shifted content that include all national ads, local ads and content in pre, post, and mid-roll spot
  • Built in intelligence makes scheduling easy
  • IP input and output for multi screen implementations
  • DVB-ASI input and output version available for broadcast
  • SDI/HD-SDI input and output version available for classic CG
  • Video Import via SDI even if I/O is IP
  • Supports 1080i, 720p, and 480i, and all standard broadcast resolutions
  • Selects transport streams by program numbers or PIDs
  • Features daily, weekly, and monthly schedule-based logos, alerts, and text insertion
  • Arbitrary location for graphics
  • Choose from static, rotating, or blinking graphics, logos, and text
  • Creates crawling messages and emergency alerts with programmable fonts and background colors, in any language
  • Select any degree of transparency
  • Easy drag and drop placement to position logo, text, or graphics on screen
  • News feeds from RSS in any language, with programmable fonts and background colors
  • Able to mask entire screen with a static image in case of video input failure or auto bypass via relay
  • 3 RU rack mountable frame
  • Template based character generator
  • EAS option
  • SLATE function puts up an Empty Background on which you can type messages
  • Customization available
  • ASI version can also play recorded files from hard drive, in loop mode
  • ESAM support in development
  • Stores graphics, clips, and messages in local memory
  • Suggested Retail Prices:
    Ad Serter ASI (SD only): $8,995 U.S.
    Ad Serter ASI (SD plus HD): $9,995 U.S.
    Ad Serter Telco IP/IP 20ch (SD only): $15,995 U.S.
    Customized versions: Call for pricing

    DVEO and Ad Serter are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc.
    All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

    About Cocola Broadcasting Companies
    Cocola Broadcasting Companies is a locally owned television broadcast company headquartered in Fresno, California. Founded in the early 1980s by Valley broadcasting veteran Gary Cocola, Cocola owns full power digital and low power television stations in California and Idaho. Cocola was one of the first broadcasters in the US to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by low-powered television after the FCC approved such stations in the early 1980s.

    About CMI and DVEO
    CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. DVEO, the Broadcast Division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells digital video and high definition television (HDTV) products to the top television broadcast companies throughout the world.

    For more information on CMI and DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download DVEO’s press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

    Extron Introduces New HDCP-Compliant Annotator with DTP Extension

    Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the Annotator 300, a high performance, hardware-based annotation processor that allows a presenter to draw, point, or type over live presentations using a touch display, graphics tablet, or a keyboard and mouse. The HDCP-compliant Annotator 300 includes HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, a universal analog video input, and three simultaneous outputs including two HDMI and a DTP 230 twisted pair output. It also features advanced Extron video signal processing with a high performance scaling engine and fast, reliable switching. The DTP 230 twisted pair output extends HDMI and bidirectional control signals to a DTP 230 receiver over a single CATx cable up to 230 feet (70 meters). The Annotator 300 offers a wide range of annotation tools and controls, all easily accessible by the presenter using an intuitive on-screen GUI. more

    FUJINON Technical Support Center in Place for Sochi Winter and Paralympic Games

    Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division, has announced that a technical support center has been set up to provide customer service and support during both the Sochi 2014 Winter Games taking place from February 7 through February 23, 2014 and the Sochi Paralympics running from March 7-16th.

    During the entirety of both events, Fujifilm’s Optical Devices Division will have an engineer available at its technical center to support FUJINON lens customers. The company’s Russian and German offices will also be available for customer support during the Sochi Winter and Paralympic Games.

    The technical support center is located at:

    Adler district

    Staronasypnaya str., 22

    Business Center Plaza

    Sochi, Russia

    Hours of operation for the center during the Winter Games will be from 9:00 a.m. through 18:00 p.m. The center was opened on January 2 and will remain in operation until February 25th. It will be open during the same hours to support customers broadcasting the Paralympic Games from March 6 through March 16th.

    Service center phone numbers during the Winter Games:
    Nikolay Zharov +79688474071 (for Russian and English speakers)
    Lars Gehring +491735242211 (German and English)

    Service center phone number for Paralympic broadcasters:
    Nikolay Zharov +79688474071 (Russian and English)
    Contact information for German speakers will be announced at a later date.

    Throughout both events, the Russian and German offices of FUJIFILM’s Optical Devices Division will also be available to support customers:
    Russian office central number : +7(495)797-3512 (Russian, English)
    German office phone number : +49-(0)211-5089 8950 (German, Japanese, English)

    A general email address is also available for customers broadcasting the events -optical_service@fujifilm.eu.

    “Whenever our customers need to shoot and produce mission critical video at once in a lifetime events like the Sochi Winter and Paralympic Games, we do whatever we can to ensure that our imaging equipment performs reliably and that we’re supporting them as completely as we can,” said Thom Calabro, director of marketing and product development for the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “For this reason, we’ve established a technical service center staffed by knowledgeable technicians to communicate with our customers during both events.”

    About Fujifilm
    FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

    FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

    * At an exchange rate of 83 yen to the dollar.

    All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

    FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division, 10 High Point Drive, Wayne, New Jersey 07470. Phone: 973-633-5600. Fax: 973-633-5216. Web site: www.FUJINON.com

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    Game Seven Grill Opens to Championship Sound

    Game Seven Grill is a barbecue restaurant located in the Gila River Casinos Plaza at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team. With a name that evokes the D-Backs Championship victory in Game Seven of the 2001 World Series, Game Seven Grill’s casual atmosphere and family-friendly style are reflected in its interior design which builds on the brick and open-beam architecture of the building.

    Before opening in March of 2013, Game Seven Grill underwent a major renovation including new seating, championship décor and a new sound and video system featuring Community CP6 pendant loudspeakers for the interior and R.25-94T loudspeakers for the Grill’s outdoor plaza seating.
    Game Seven Grill Patio
    Game Seven’s sound and video systems were designed and installed by Parsons Technologies of Phoenix, Arizona. Mark Schultz, Systems Engineer, designed the systems at Game Seven Grill. He says Parsons provides audio and video systems for many of the venues at Chase Field. “The team owns the Game Seven building,” Schultz said, “and they contacted us to design and install the sound and video systems for this new restaurant.”

    Schultz knew that Game Seven would feature an open interior design with its ceiling painted black. The owners had asked for a great music and video system but they made it clear they wanted “invisible loudspeakers”. “Community’s Commercial Design Series CP6 pendants were the perfect choice,” said Schultz. “They sounded great and we could get them in black to disappear against the ceiling. We used Community’s R.25 loudspeakers for the outdoor plaza seating,” he continued. “They were also available in black and they sound great as well.”

    Game Seven’s sound system is used for background music and for sports event play-by-play audio. The system is divided into two zones, indoor and outdoor. During a baseball game or other sporting event, the restaurant can choose to play the audio from a local radio or TV station into either zone so that patrons can watch and listen to the game. The audio system is powered by CTS amplifiers and features a BSS DSP system with touch-panel controls for volume and source selection.

    “We did a little EQ but didn’t need much,” Schultz said. “And the owners are extremely pleased with the sound and appearance. We’re expecting them to expand the system to the upper level of the restaurant, which will be undergoing renovation prior to the 2014 season.”

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    Top Canadian Venue Hart House Aims Higher with HARMAN Soundcraft® Si Expression 1

    TORONTO, Canada – Located at the University of Toronto, Hart House is one of the largest and busiest event spaces in Canada, hosting a variety of conferences, concerts, corporate and social events. To accommodate the 7,000 annual event bookings, AV Manager Ira Cohen recently designed a new audio installation for the Hart House’s Great Hall (the signature space at the venue), featuring a HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 1 to control the system.

    To optimize the audio installation, Cohen also designed the system to include HARMAN BSS BLU-80 signal processing with a CobraNet expansion card for a full HARMAN integration with the Soundcraft Si Expression console. Cat5 connections were also installed in the hall to patch in the console for full control over the entire equipment rack.

    “We have one of the most diverse types of clientele with a massive variety of events,” Cohen said. “Together with the CobraNet expansion card, this one-of-a-kind system offers an incredible amount of flexibility with the ability to run any type of event or show imaginable. Factoring in the expansion capabilities, it is a system that Hart House has longed for and one that we are truly proud of.”

    “I have always held Soundcraft in high regard, and over the years I have had the pleasure of mixing on various analog and digital boards and have always trusted the level of sonic quality and control you get with Soundcraft,” Cohen continued. “At this price point, there is no other board in the market with as many top quality features as the Si Expression. It allowed me to present a proposal design at half the cost that external companies offered.”

    Soundcraft makes it easy for any user to operate the Si Expression console; with its touchscreen U/I and FaderGlow™ that illuminates faders with color-coded LED’s, there is no need for a manual. Also, Soundcraft consoles are known for their analog-like feel and operation. Whether a beginner to live mixing, or a seasoned sound engineer, any operator can mix straight out of the box within minutes, thanks to its intuitive design.

    “The console has exceeded performance expectations,” according to Cohen. Its ease of use right out the gate has been a pleasure to work with; I am mostly impressed with the layout, because it’s quite nice to have the physical controls of your channel strip and dynamics right in front of you. Overall, it is a very economical and straightforward board to operate, which is great for new users. All the advantages of digital are literally at your fingertips, rather than through page layers.”

    HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

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